Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim (born Mary Annette Beauchamp, 31 August 1866 – 9 February 1941) was an Australian-born British writer.

When she was three years old, the family went to England, where she was raised. After her first marriage, she became Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin, and later Elizabeth Russell – Countess Russell, after her second marriage. She also wrote under the pen name Alice Cholmondeley. Katherine Mansfield was Arnim’s cousin.

From 1910 until 1913, Arnim had an affair with the novelist H.G. Wells. In 1916, she married the elder brother of Bertrand Russell, but later fled to the USA, and the couple separated in 1919. In 1920, she had an affair with a British publisher nearly 30 years her junior.

She lived in Germany, England, United States, France and Switzerland. Arnim died of influenza while living in the USA.


  • Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898)
  • The Solitary Summer (1899)
  • April Baby’s Book of Tunes (1900)
  • The Benefactress (1901)
  • The Ordeal of Elizabeth (1901, published posthumously)
  • The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen (1904)
  • Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight (1905)
  • Fräulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther (1907)
  • The Caravaners (1909)
  • The Pastor’s Wife (1914)
  • Christine (1917, written under the pseudonym Alice Cholmondeley)
  • Christopher and Columbus (1919)
  • In the Mountains (1920)
  • Vera (1921)
  • The Enchanted April (1922)
  • Love (1925)
  • Introduction to Sally (1926)
  • Expiation (1929)
  • Father (1931)
  • The Jasmine Farm (1934)
  • All the Dogs of My Life (autobiography, 1936)
  • Mr. Skeffington (1940)

About her

  • Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Literary Journey, by Jennifer Walker (2013)
  • Elizabeth von Arnim: Beyond the German Garden, by Isobel Maddison (2013)
  • Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910–1939, by Katie Roiphe (2008)
  • Elizabeth von Arnim; Eine Biographie, by Kirsten Juengling and Brigitte Rossbeck (1996)
  • Elizabeth’: The Author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden, by Karen Usborne (1986)


One thought on “Elizabeth von Arnim

  1. I came across von Arnim this year while looking at random books at archive.org. I’m currently reading her German Garden book which is a delight, she deserves greater recognition.


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